iPhone 7 Slow Motion Remains The Same!

iPhone 7 camera

There was a lot of expectation regarding the slow motion capability of the iPhone 7.  Apple has been dominating the spec since the early days on the iPhone 4s. However while the processing and sensor quality have improved; the resolution and frame rates have stayed the same in the iPhone 7.   There are huge speed increases and much more memory available to do a lot of things in video but Apple has chosen to stay at the same spec level in it’s latest phone.

The slow motion performance of the phone has improved with every iteration when it comes to quality and it will probably have a better dynamic range rating as well as better overall noise control. The spec remains at the top range in smart phones but it is not pushing the boundaries of what can be done in current hardware. We were expecting 480fps at 720p and 240fps at 1080p as possibly moving forward with the feature.

iPhone 7 Camera Specs:

7 Plus: 12MP camera + 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
 ƒ/1.8 aperture
Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
Digital zoom up to 5x
Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 10x

Both models:

  • Optical image stabilization
  • Six‑element lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • Live Photos with stabilization
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Improved local tone mapping
  • Body and face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Noise reduction
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Photo geotagging
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Slow Motion Feature Video on the Apple Official Footage!
Video Recording
  • 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Optical zoom at 2x; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 7 Plus only)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging

As you can see the camera slow motion feature remains pegged at 120fps 1080p and 240fps 720p. What is really improved is that now you get two features that have nothing to do with the higher frame rates but improve them non the less.

#1 Image Stabilization:

The first one is the image stabilization at 1080p and 720p. This should translate well to stabilized slow motion shots which can show rolling shutter much more than regular speed.

Apple Event  Camera feature detailed at 1hr 02 minutes:

#2  IP67 Weather Sealing:

From Apple: “iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are splash, water, and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529. Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear.”

What this means is that slow motion, video and photos can now be safely shot in rain and dusty environments. What it probably won’t allow is to use the phone underwater for any extended period or depth.   So don’t throw that action camera away just yet, the iPhone 7 will not follow you into the ocean to scuba.

Pricing:

iPhone 7: Starting at $649

iPhone 7 Plus: Starting at $769

Same prices as the 6s when released, you get an improved phone for the same price, however if you own a 6s or other older iPhone, you just lost a lot of resale value.

 Introducing iPhone 7 by Apple Showing Camera Features:

Samples?

We will have slow motion samples from the iPhone 7 when they become available. As of now there are no official 120fps or 240fps footage samples available to share, there are a bunch of hoaxes on youtube but none are real demos.  That said we don’t expect the iPhone 7 to be much better than the 6s in terms of slow motion besides noise control.  Thanks for reading- HSC! 

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2 thoughts on “iPhone 7 Slow Motion Remains The Same!”

  1. On the iPhone 7 Plus you can record in slo-mo with the 1x camera or the 2x camera. But you can not switch between the two cameras while recording slo-mo, like you can while recording regular video. But you can use the digital zoom in slo-mo on both the 1x and the 2x cameras.

    I too was hoping for 480fps at 720p and 240fps at 1080p and 60fps in 4K. Guess we will have to wait for the iPhone 7s, unless it is possible for software update.

    1. Thanks for the extra info Frank, seems we are stuck at 240fps 720p in phones and mirror-less cameras announced at Photokina for now. That is why Cameras like the edgertronic and fps1000 have a big niche to fill.

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